Child Life Professional Data Center

The Child Life Professional Data Center (CLPDC) is a tool to help child life programs track and compare programmatic and capacity for patient impact data with others. The CLPDC tracks both annual and quarterly data on child life programs. All data will be entered and housed in a robust platform that allows users to compare data and run reports.

Entering Data

Child life programs will be asked to enter both annual program data and quarterly patient encounters data. Programs will be prompted when each quarterly data collection window is open. Programs must enter at least 50% of the data requested in order to have access to comparisons and reports.

Comparing Data

Child life programs will be able to compare their staffing, services, and capacity for patient/family impact data against the averages for the entire field or use filters to compare against similar programs only (i.e. - freestanding children's hospitals vs. hospitals within hospitals vs. adult hospitals with pediatric services, etc).

Running Reports

The CLPDC platform has many built-in reports displaying data in charts that users can download. Potential use could include incorporating data and graphs into presentations for administration to demonstrate the value of child life or even to advocate for more staff.

Access to the Data Center

In order to access the Child Life Professional Data Center, you must have an ACLP login.

  • If you do not have a login, click here to create one.
  • When you click the button below, you will be prompted to log in (if you are not already logged in). From there you will be taken to a menu. Click on the "Visit the Data Center" button in the menu. 

Peer Support

We know gathering and reporting data can be a lot to wrap your mind around, especially when trying to figure out how to apply definitions and scenarios to your unique program. The Benchmarking Subcommittee has created peer support groups, led by committee members, to be your go-to place for data center questions. If you participated in one of the live benchmarking webinars in March, you have already been assigned to a peer group. 

New to benchmarking and the data center?

Email and we'll get you set up with a peer group!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I enter data into the system?

There are several reasons you might not have the ability to enter data. If you are not the leader of clinical child life program, you likely do not have access to data entry. 

If you believe your program should be included or if you will be entering data on behalf of a clinical program leader, please contact us at and we'll be happy to assist you.

Why do I see only some data?

  1. If you do not work at a clinical child life program, you will be able to see industry-level data only.
  2. If you work at a child life program but your program did not enter the minimum amount of annual and/or quarterly data, you will see limited data and reports.
  3. If you work at a child life program but your program does not have a current benchmarking subscription, you will see limited data and reports. You can update your benchmarking subscription in the ACLP Store.

How do we track our quarterly data?

Different data tracking methods will work for different programs. Program leaders are encouraged to engage their staff in discussions about what is realistic and doable for them. That said, the Benchmarking Subcommittee has developed a few sample data collection tools that can be adapted for use at the program level.

Additional questions? Contact